Euro 2020 team guide: Hungary profile

It is an unenviable task facing Hungary as they find themselves in Euro 2020’s group of death alongside Germany, world champions France and Euro 2016 winners Portugal.
The Hungarians and head coach Marco Rossi must be wondering what they have done to end up in Group F with such fierce opposition.
And their luck has shown little sign of improving, with star man Dominik Szoboszlai withdrawing from the squad due to injury.

Background

A powerhouse in their day, it has been some time since Hungary were a dominant force in Europe — this is only the fourth time they have reached the European Championship finals.
Hungary squeezed through the qualifying stage for Euro 2016 after finishing as one of the best third-placed teams, beating Norway in the play-offs.
Having reached the finals in France they put on a better show, winning their group before losing to Belgium in the Round of 16.
Prior to that, they had not qualified since 1972, reaching the semi-finals on that occasion and finishing third in 1964.
Without RB Leipzig playmaker Szoboszlai, Hungary’s already limited goal threat will be almost entirely carried by 33-year-old captain Adam Szalai.
Just getting through the tournament with their pride intact will represent a moral victory for the Magyars.

How they qualified

Hungary finished behind Croatia, Slovakia and Wales in Group E but still reached the play-offs, thanks to an impressive 2018-19 Nations League performance.
Four wins and four draws in qualifying paints a picture of inconsistency for Rossi’s side, who were unable to build on a statement 2-1 win over 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia.
Luckily for them, Hungary were able to perform under pressure in the play-offs. After overcoming Bulgaria in the Path A semi-final, they dramatically beat Iceland 2-1 with goals in the final two minutes from Loic Nego and Szoboszlai.

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